NYC Tour

Dutch Mennonites and other Anabaptists
in New Amsterdam, New York, Brooklyn, and Germantown, 1620-1850 Tour

Saturday, August 31, 2024

“De Stilte in de Stad,” the quiet in the town, is a description of Mennonites in New Amsterdam and later New York. But what became of the Dutch Mennonites in New Amsterdam? Take a tour of the city to find out.

Additionally, learn how several decades later, as the “Mennonite-type Anabaptists” of New York almost disappeared, several families moved to Germantown and its surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.

Led by Daniel K. Ness, an experienced researcher and tour guide, participants will travel to Manhattan via coach. After a two hour walking tour and lunch, the bus will stop briefly at sites in Brooklyn before heading to the historic Germantown Mennonite Meethinghouse in Philadelphia.

The 12-hour tour has two pick-up/drop-off locations: Landis Homes (1001 E Oregon Rd, Lititz, PA 17543), and Mennonite Heritage Center (565 Yoder Rd. Harleysville, PA 19438). Lunch is own your own. A boxed meal will be provided for dinner.

The cost is $99 for members ($125 non-members). Registration is required and space is limited. The registration deadline is July 27, 2024.


Tentative Schedule

  • 6:30am—Landis Homes (pick-up) (1001 E Oregon Rd, Lititz, PA 17543)
  • 7:45am—MHC (pick-up) (565 Yoder Rd. Harleysville, PA 19438)
  • 7:45am-10:00am—Travel to NYC
  • 10:00am—Arrive at Castle Clinton and begin walking tour (Battery Park – Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004)
  • 10:00am-12:00pm—Walking tour from Battery Part to South Street
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm—Lunch at South Street Seaport (19 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038)
  • 1:00pm-1:30pm—Travel to Brooklyn (5816 Clarendon Road)
  • 1:30pm-1:45pm—Stay on Bus—Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House
  • 1:45pm-2:00pm—Travel to Gravesend (27 Gravesend Neck Road)
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm—Stay on Bus—Gravesend
  • 2:30pm-3:45pm—Travel to Germantown
  • 3:45pm-4:30pm—Presentation at Historic Germantown Mennonite Church (6133 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144)
  • 4:30pm-5:15pm—Travel to MHC
  • 5:15pm—MHC (drop-off) (565 Yoder Rd. Harleysville, PA 19438)
  • 6:45pm—Landis Homes (drop-off) (1001 E Oregon Rd, Lititz, PA 17543)